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N6 logoN6 - Start project and import documents

Authors of this page: Graham R. Gibbs and Celia Taylor

Affiliation: University of Huddersfield

Date written: 30th June 2005





Symbols and Conventions


Open a new project

To open a new project

  1. The Welcome dialog appears. click on the New project button. See Figure 1.
  2. In the Save file dialog, name your project, click Save.
  3. Type in your own name, click OK .
  4. The main N6 desktop opens. See Figure 2. The Document Explorer and the Node Explorer are at the heart of the approach.


N6 Startup dialog

Figure 1. N6 Startup Dialog

N6 Desktop window

Figure 2. N6 Desktop window

To open an existing project

To open an existing project

  1. In the Welcome dialog. click Open Project.
  2. click your project from the list displayed. click OK.



To introduce new, transcribed documents into the programs

When you start a new project there are two things you can do introduce your transcribed documents (including any memos you've already written) or set up your coding system. Codes are called Nodes in N6. Of course if you are following an inductive, exploratory approach to data analysis then you will need to introduce and read the documents before you come up with any coding. However, if you are basing your coding at least on some prior theory and research then you can enter nodes into the project without initially any documents to work on. The documents can be added later. In most cases, however, you will probably want to work on documents and generate some, if not all, your nodes from them.

To introduce a document

  1. In the N6 desktop window click N6 Import Text File button or click Documents: Import text files as documents
  2. A select files to import dialogue opens. See figure 2.
  3. Select the drive and then folder where the transcript documents are stored
  4. A list of files in the folder will appear click the file you want to import and click OK.
  5. The document will now appear the Document explorer window. See figure 3.


N6 Select Files to Import dialog

Figure 3. N6 Select Files to Import window

N6 Document Explorer

Figure 4. N6 Document Explorer

Examining documents

Once you have introduced files they stay as part of the project. You can examine them at any time:

Examine existing codes

  1. If the Document Explorer is not open, either click N6 Explorer Documents button or Document :Explore
  2. click the name of the file in the Document Explorer
  3. click Browse button. A browser window showing the document contents opens. See Figure 4.


N6 Document Browser

Figure 5. N6 Document Browser

Inspect and edit a document

Usually you should make sure your primary documents are as accurate as possible before you introduce them into your project. However, there may be some small changes you want to make:


To edit a document

  1. In the Document Explorer click the name of the document (you may need to scroll to it if you have lots of files).
  2. click Browse to see its contents in a Document Browser window.
  3. In N6 you can only edit single lines at a time. In the Document Browser, click in the line you want to edit (the whole line is selected), click Browser:Edit Text Unit menu.
  4. A small edit window opens for just that line (text unit). Make your changes and close and save.


Make a report on a document

If you want to have a backup copy on your hard disk of a document in the project (e.g. if you have edited it in the program) or want to do some coding away from the computer and need a hard copy, then you will need to produce a report of the document which can be printed.

To report on a document

  1. In the Document Explorer click the name of the document click Report button
  2. In the Make Document Report click all three check boxes.
  3. Select how you want coding to display (e.g. Coding Stripes). Select text range (default numbers are for the whole document). click OK.
  4. The report is generated and opened in a text editor window.It can now be printed and/or saved to disk ( click OK to keep report when the window is closed).